For Your Weekend

For Your Weekend

May the blues of summertime rise up to meet you, from the pale salt of the sea to the western morning sky. Let the superman ice cream drip down your arm and the pool chlorine fade your swimsuit from red to pink. Don’t be afraid to dive into deep, cold waters. Even though the initial shock feels like too much, your body will soon adjust to the change and you’ll be enlivened with energy and hope.

May we see the blues of summer as a necessary detail, learning all they might have to teach us. Enjoy your weekend, friends.

Here are a few good reads for along the way:

  • Cultivating Space for the Sweet Mercy by Micha Boyett // Because sometimes you put a lot of pressure on yourself to handle major life transitions in certain ways and on certain timelines but really what you need is to be who you are, where you are, with no agenda.
  • A Messy Connection by Joanna Gaines // Because there is a difference between doing life right and living life well. Sometimes it takes a messy kitchen to see it.
  • Summer Blue by Benjamin Moore // Because maybe you want to get literal and paint a room one of the colors of summer.

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For Your Weekend

For Your Weekend - emily p. freeman

May my mountain of good intentions crumble softly, finally to the ground. Instead may I begin to build a new foundation shaped by faith that is real, vision filled with hope, and action that springs from love. Enjoy your weekend, friends.

Here are a few good reads for along the way:

  • Life Without a Best Friend by Elena Foulis for Her.meneutics // If you’ve ever felt like maybe you’re still the only one who doesn’t have a “best friend” this read is good company.
  • Let’s Pull Out Our Summer Brain for The Hope*ologie Podcast // Dad, Myquillyn, and I talk about the sometimes difficult transition from school year to summer, and some of the ways we work to make that transition better. Listen on iTunes or Soundcloud.

For Your Weekend

For Your Weekend - emily p. freeman

May we let the weekend do what the weekend does – end the week. May we reflect on the joys, the losses, the conversations, and the everyday routines we’ve just lived through, keep what we need from them, and leave the rest gently in the past. Let’s look forward with courage towards the week to come, opening arms to all she might have to offer, trusting our future into the hands of God.

Enjoy your weekend, friends. Here are a few good reminders for along the way:

Surviving as an Introverted Mother by Kristen Howerton for Quiet Revolution // Susan Cain launched her new website this week and I’ve so enjoyed exploring over there. This piece is a comfort for any mom who has ever felt rage when her kids wake up early from a nap.

Motherhood for the Introvert by me // Kristen’s post reminded me of a time when my kids were younger and I wrote about being an introvert and a mother. This one takes us back to 2009, but the concept is timeless.

Honor the Grief, Honor the Goodbye by Marilyn R Gardner // She’s talking about families who are transnational, moving around from place to place regularly. But her words ring true for all of us in transition, because in the midst of weddings, graduations, and last days of school, it’s important to remember that “grief must be honored and goodbyes must be said.”

Graceful (For Young Women): Letting Go of Your Try-Hard Life // Know a rising 9th grade girl or a recent high school graduate? The ebook version of my book for teen girls is on sale for only 2.99. Download the free Kindle app and read from anywhere. (Did you know you can gift ebooks?!)

Finally next week we’ll post an invitation to join my book launch team for my new book coming in August, Simply Tuesday. Yay! Spaces will be limited so if you’re interested and want to know as soon as the invite goes live, be sure to follow me on either InstagramFacebook or Twitter as that’s where we’ll announce first.

For Your Weekend

for your weekend MayMay your weekend be simple, open, and free. May June rise up to greet you holding sweet gardenias and a drink made with lemon. As we continue the seasonal dance from one month to another, may we be willing to release our tight hold on familiar and grab on to something new. May we carry our questions with us even as we gather up all the hope we can find for the days to come. Enjoy your weekend, friends.

Here are a few good things for along the way:

Summer Reading Guide by Anne Bogel at Modern Mrs. Darcy – Reading Anne makes me happy. And now, for the fourth year in a row, she is helping us decide what to read for the summer. Choose your favorite category and pack your beach bag.

Stay in Conversation with The World by John Blase for The High Calling – A reminder that grace is everywhere.

The Gracelaced Shoppe – Ruth Simons has been one of my favorite follows on instagram for a while. Then (then!) I met her in person last year and liked her even more, if that was even possible. my office bookshelfThat print I have framed on the bookshelf in my office? Yeah, she did that. I adore it – all of her work, really.

If you’re looking for something meaningful for your fella for Father’s Day, Ruth has some guy-centric prints available in her shop. If you use the coupon code EMILY you’ll get a 15% discount off of anything in the shoppe before shipping. The code will last until Friday, June 5th, at midnight.

Have you been keeping track of what you’ve learned in May? I hope so! I’ll share with you my list on Monday and I hope you’ll share your own. Here’s how I keep track of what I’m learning. I hope to see you back here Monday. Until then, have you noticed that Chatting at the Sky got a new look? If you subscribe through email or a reader, you might want to click over and check us out!